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Understanding the effectiveness of marine protected areas using genetic connectivity patterns and Lagrangian simulations

J. M. Pujolar M. Schiavina A. Di Franco P. Melia P. Guidetti M. Gatto G.A. De Leo and L. Zane

Findings of this study highlight the potential benefits of effectively enforced MPAs for neighbouring or relatively distant non-protected fishing areas and the potential connection with other MPAs at regional scale. Combining genetics and modelling can provide a general framework to investigate the role of connectivity in MPA design that can be easily extended to other species and geographical areas.